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Films Screened In 1957

This is the life-story of the Belgian composer, Gretry, whose contribution to music was in the field of opera. The film uses some intriguing technical devices, mixing drawings and live performers ingeniously. A generous selection of musical illustrations demonstrate the composer's life-work. ... Read more
To one of the foothills dominating the approach to Jerusalem are to come four Israeli volunteers. Their leader has ordered them to defend this Hill 24 against the Arabs until morning when the cease-fire imposed by the United Nations commences. So they prepare to set out, the reasons for each of ... Read more
The natural, almost animal life of an infant is compared with the everyday life of an average inhabitant of a large town. The contrast emphasizes the unnaturalness that has become a habit, the overburdening, the haste, the hurry, at the same time indulgently criticizing with a somewhat ironic smile. Read more
At the time of the Renaissance the Humanist movement brought about an intellectual, moral and psychological rebirth in the whole of Europe. The film, which is of a philosophical character, portrays this rebirth by cinematographic means. Crushed by original sin and subjected entirely to an ... Read more
The film is a compilation of newsreel material, first covering briefly the past history of Hungary. then giving in detail the uprising of October. 1956, ending with the Russian troops crushing the revolt and the ensuing general strike. ... Read more
"Within the Abbey of Thelema, Lord Shiva wakes. The Scarlet Woman presents the mandragore, and a glamour is cast. A convocation of enchantresses and theurgists in the form of saints: Aphrodite, lsis, Sepmet, Astarte, offer their talismans charged with the energies of the Aeon. Arrival of the Great ... Read more
After seven years of fighting the peoples of Laos. Cambodia and Vietnam are reconstructing their disordered existence with the help of truce teams representing India, Poland and Canada. The film deals principally with Vietnam where for the first time m a hundred years the people are feeling a new ... Read more
It Happened On The Street was the first Bulgarian film dealing with everyday life and only twelfth altogether in the country's young film industry. It is the first Bulgarian film to be shown in Australia, and its main interest to us is in that it allows us to gain a glimpse into life in post-war ... Read more
This colourful film deals with the life of Jan Hus, reformer and preacher, who lived in Bohemia at the beginning of the 15th Century. It starts with the period when Hus preached his fiery sermons against the sale of pardons at the Bethlehem Chapel in Prague and ends with his death at the stake at ... Read more
During the tenth and eleventh centuries Khajuraho was one of the capitals of the great Hindu Kings - the Chandellas. Eighty-five temples were built and we see the architecture and imagery of five of these temples. ... Read more
An experimental film of animated cutout figures,The Idea was one of the first films to use animation for serious purposes - to depict the creation and birth of an artistic idea. The. emotional effect is due to a, great extent to the dramatic strength and plastic quality of Masereel's original ... Read more
Told through the faded splendour of European illuminated manuscripts, Persian and Indian miniatures and Chinese paintings, the film illustrates the famous traveller's ventures into the fabulous 13th Century and his return to his native Venice. ... Read more
The history of the Netherlands is one of constant battle against the relentless sea. Slowly, the enemy has been driven back as rich farmlands are reclaimed from the driving surf. Occasionally, as in 1954, the sea has breached the dikes and poured over the land, only to be driven out again. This ... Read more
A lyrical documentary set in the Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne; basically an exercise in telling a story through pictures: no dialogue or commentary is used. The film presents a number of small caricatures of people who come to the Gardens. The brief story that surrounds each of them attempts to ... Read more
Without a single word of commentary, this unusual film presents an eloquent plea against keeping birds and animals in captivity. ... Read more
The story of the thousand-pillared Meenakshi Temple of Madurai, which abounds in sculpture and carvings. ... Read more
A Russian fairytale of two children who, aided by an eccentric old gentleman from another planet, overthrow a terrible ogre, his army of "Long-noses", and his principal henchman. "Eatalive". The illusion of fairyland is consistently achieved by a combination of unreal lighting, bizarre landscapes ... Read more
On the borders of Poland and Czechoslovakia stand the great Tatra Mountains. Here live the Men of the Blue Cross, the mountain rescue teams. Their headquarters are in Zakopane, capital of the Tatras. ... Here in February, 1945, comes a Slovak doctor seeking the help of the rescue teams for members ... Read more
In its programme of work with the rural families of Puerto Rico, the Division of Community Education has recently produced two films and a book on the theme, "The Rights of Women". The country man, though respectful of his women folk and always ready to defend and protect them, has not yet fully ... Read more
A cartoon based on the Comedia dell' Arte Arlecchino and Columbine. The classical story is told by mime in a balletic style. ... Read more
Gorki's famous novel, "Mother", was first filmed during the height of the Russian silent period by Pudovkin who used the story for the realisation of his theories on constructive editing. ... This new film version of the novel was directed by Donskoi (whose Childhood of Maxim Gorki was shown al the ... Read more
A puppet being transported from bygone days to the twentieth century where with knowledge gained on smokeless fuel, returns to his own time and is well rewarded by a King whose palace he has rid of smoke. ... Read more
A large number of Jewish immigrants are introduced each year into Israel from Middle East Countries and their assimilation creates a serious problem. Beautifully photographed in sensitive Eastmancolour, we see through the eyes of a training officer, assigned to a group of Eastern immigrants, how ... Read more
We pay a brief visit to the Passion Play Village and meet some of the villagers, young and old, who have roles in the passion play. Finally, we are offered glimpses of the play itself, shot during a performance in the impressive, semi-open-air theatre of Oberammergau. ... Read more
The film starts with a brief review of the history of Antarctic exploration by scientists of Britain, Russia. Norway, Australia and America. ... In January, 1956, the first Soviet scientific expedition arrived at the coast of Antarctica and built the observatory-town, "Mirny". We see episodes from ... Read more
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